In today’s auto industry there has been a shift towards using Aluminum over steel. There is a big difference when working with these two metals, and our shops are qualified and capable to make minor and major aluminum repairs.
What’s the difference between aluminum collision repair and steel collision repair? Here are the major differences:
This simply means that when an aluminum panel is dented or bent, it is much more difficult to reshape it back to its pre-loss shape. Each of our shops have repair technicians that are qualified to repair these aluminum vehicles.
Aluminum is a more conductive than steel; this means that heat is able to travel farther and faster through aluminum. This creates a problem when welding aluminum parts. Do not fear though, our shops are equipped with welders specially trained to handle aluminum repair.
Since excessive heat will compromise the integrity and strength of the metal, improper aluminum welding can create vehicle safety issues if the car is involved in an accident. Many parts of the aluminum structure are joined not by welds, but by special rivets and adhesives. Joining these parts requires unique tools that are not used in traditional collision repairs. Special training is also needed to make these repairs properly so that the strength and safety of the vehicle is maintained.
Unfinished aluminum and steel are actually corrosive to each other. If shavings from one metal contact a panel made of the other metal, damage is immediate. Even using a tool to repair an aluminum panel that was previously used to repair steel will cause corrosion on the aluminum panel!
Because of this, a completely separate set of tools is required in order to repair aluminum. In addition, aluminum body repair must be performed in an area that is separate from the area where steel is repaired, as even steel dust is corrosive to aluminum.